Our Team

We created EA1 to redefine the relationship between creators, their fans, and the communities that they inspire.

We are a diverse team of internet natives and experienced creators with a natural curiosity, and appreciation for fandom and building audience. We speak to fans authentically because we are fans, too. We aim for positivity and inclusivity, building relationships with integrity and empathy. We’re confident, nimble, playful, passionate, and we love what we do.

Our Values

Integrity

We build relationships thoughtfully. We’re transparent and accountable. Our results prove our process, again and again. We earn trust, and keep it.


Curiosity

Our work is cutting-edge because we’re fascinated by people and culture and the weird, beautiful Internet. We back up bold experimentation with rigorous analytics. We dive right in.


Empathy

There is way, way more than one way of looking at the world. We are respectful of context and understanding of other communication styles, because we know audiences thrive in inclusive environments. Our default is positivity.


Collaboration

We’re honored to work with both fan communities and creators. Fandom is collaborative, and we know we’re not the sole source of good ideas — we take pride in lifting up the best from all sides. We over-communicate, facilitate, and share, share, share.


Authenticity

Great audiences are built through authenticity. We speak the language, get the jokes, and feel the heartache. We shape conversations that bring out the best in communities. We’re
fans, too.


Creativity

Our discipline is playful and proactive. Both at work and on the weekends, our extracurriculars, professional development, and passions overlap. It means we’re comfortable working within constraints — they’re a source of inspiration. We embrace challenges.

Team

Kenyatta Cheese

CEO and Co-Founder

Kevin Slavin

Co-Founder, Professor at MIT Media Lab

Molly Templeton

Co-Founder and Senior Social Media Director

Genrietta (Jen) Avrutskaya

Client Services Associate

Kristi Barron

Operations Manager

Maria Alana Diokno

Social Media Director

Brook Frazier

Brand Manager

Barrett Garese

Chief Strategy Officer

Gretchen Hansen

Social Media Director

Heather Liggins

Brand Manager

John Salomone

Senior Brand Manager

Kyle Schansinger

Brand Manager

Kirsten Wagstaff

Brand Manager

Collaborators

Michael Brawley

Junior Brand Manager

Nick Douglas

Writer

Devin Gaffney

Social network analyst

Jason Oberholtzer

Has a Tumblr so popular, the White House guestblogs on it

Mike Rugnetta

Writes and hosts PBS Idea Channel and Reasonably Sound

Kristen Taylor

The first online community manager at every journalism outlet, basically

Chris Todd

Writer and Brand Manager

Christina Xu

Co-Founder of ROFLCon